John S. Moot

Senior Counsel

San Diego, CA
D 619.515.5405


  • Harvard University BA, cum laude
  • University Of San Diego JD

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John S. Moot is Senior Counsel in Freeman Mathis & Gary's San Diego office. He has 4 decades of experience in the practice of law.

Mr. Moot prosecutes and defends complex civil cases in state and federal court in a variety of different practice areas including construction and real estate, land use, breach of contract, trade secret, corporate/partnership disputes, and tort and fraud claims in all types of business litigation. He represents governmental agencies as well as private parties doing business with the government.

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Bar Admissions


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

Southern, Central and District of California

Publications & Engagements
  • “Chula Vista Has Opportunity to Transform the West Side,” The San Diego Union Tribune, South County, Opinion, December 9, 2004
  • “Reflections on a Decade of Public Service,” The Star News, January 12, 2001
  • “Construction Defects, Condo Resurgence Should Benefit All,” The San Diego Union Tribune, Opinion, December 22, 2000
  • “Power in the Hands of Local Governments,” The San Diego Union Tribune, Opinion, May 7, 1999
Representative Cases & Clients
  • Sweetwater Union High School Dist. v. Gilbane Building Co. (2019) 6 Cal 5th 931. Represented the District and recovered over $8 million dollars in a civil anti-corruption lawsuit
  • Grand Central West v the Metropolitan Transit District. Land use trial involving access to a governmental Facility. Phase one decided access favorable to client. Multi-million damage award obtained in mediation after phase 1 trial: Kashat v Wabash and University. Real estate dispute over sale of commercial property
  • Casey v. Overhead Door Corp. (1999) 74 Cal. App.4th 112. Construction defect lawsuit decided in favor of Overhead Door based on economic loss doctrine
Awards and Recognition
  • University of San Diego’s Center for Public Interest Law Wall of Fame (2006)
  • UCAN’s Top attorneys in San Diego selected by The San Diego Daily Transcript in the area of real estate/construction litigation (2009, 2010)
  • UCAN’s Public Interest Attorney Award (2019)